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Google Bans App From Play Store Based On Vague Guidelines

40 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Having had our own run ins with Google's opaque (and often hypocritical) decision-making process at times, it's not surprising (though unfortunate) to hear of yet another case. The folks over at have been working on tools to give people more control over their own data and how it's shared. Show More Summary

A Huge Abortion Win in Texas

Late Friday, after many of us checked out for the long weekend, a judge in Texas blocked the state from shutting down most of its abortion clinics. Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the state’s “brutally effective system of abortion regulation,”...Show More Summary

The Greatest Lawyer Letter Ever? — Finals

Let's figure out who wrote the greatest lawyer letter ever. Until the next one....

U.S. May Conceal Images of Alleged 9/11 ’20th Hijacker,’ Court Rules

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. government may keep secret video and photographic images of a Guantanamo detainee suspected of being the so?called “20th hijacker” in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Blunders By Convicted 'Fast And Furious 6' Cammer Made It Easy To Track Him Down

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in May last year, Techdirt wrote about how the UK police worked in worryingly-close collaboration with the local anti-piracy group, FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), effectively becoming its private enforcement squad. As we noted recently that case has now passed through the UK courts, with Philip Danks receiving 33 months in prison. Show More Summary

Guest Post: The Case Against Federalizing Trade Secrecy

Guest post by Christopher B. Seaman, Assistant Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law.  As Dennis recently discussed, the idea of creating a private cause of action for trade secret misappropriation under federal law appears to be gaining traction. Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate, […]

Severe Chelyabinsk Disney

That's how Google (mis)translated the title of this YouTube post, but I actually liked it a lot. It's very likely staged, because (1) it's too good to be true and (2) if the guys with the dash cam weren't in...          Related Stories TSA: Timely Sword Advice Burglar Defeated by Door Marked "Push" A Musical Immigration-Law Ad  

Non-Sequiturs: 09.02.14

Lawyer busted for impersonating a Transformer. On that note, what would be the best name for a Transformer lawyer? Atticus Prime? L-Woods? Paddotron, who transforms into a clock that only measures tenths of an hour? [Jonathan Turley] ...Show More Summary

LBJ, FBI, And SCOTUS All Spying On George Hamilton Because… Gay Stuff

Basically, the government spied on its people just as much in the 60s as it does today, it's just back then knowing gay people made you "a potential terrorist" instead of "Bravo's demographic."

Post-Labor Day Lateral Round Up: Moves at Orrick, Weil and More

As BigLaw welcomes this year’s crop of first-year associates, some firms are also announcing a flurry of lateral hires after the relative calm of August.

You Can't Be Fired For 'Liking' A Colleague Calling Your Bosses 'Assholes' On Facebook

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A couple of years ago, we wrote about a rather troubling legal ruling in which a court declared that Facebook "likes" aren't a First Amendment protected expression. The ruling made little sense. It involved some employees of a local sheriff getting fired after "liking" the Facebook profile of the sheriff's opponent in the next election. Show More Summary

Key Accounting Principles That Every Lawyer Must Know

Join a free webinar and learn the best accounting practices for lawyers.

Author Arrested for Writing About Murder in the 30th Century [Updated]

In Maryland it is apparently not only illegal to write dark science fiction, people who write it may simply disappear. Sadly, that's not the first line of my review of a new dark-science-fiction novel about people who disappear after...Show More Summary

Who is Judge Steven Rhodes?

With Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial underway, one man holds the city’s fate in his hands: U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes. Plenty of ink has been spilled over the judge, a nearly 30-year veteran of the bankruptcy bench. But what do we know about him? Bankruptcy Beat has rounded up past coverage of the judge in case you’d like a refresher.

Revisiting The 0L Mind

A look at the findings of a survey of students currently studying for the LSAT regarding the legal education landscape.

Why Is Huffington Post Running A Multi-Part Series To Promote The Lies Of A Guy Who Pretended To Invent Email?

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I thought this story had ended a few years ago. Back in 2012, we wrote about how The Washington Post and some other big name media outlets were claiming that a guy named V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai had "invented email" in 1978. The problemShow More Summary

Appeals Court Weighs Legality of NSA’s Phone Program

Getty Images A federal appeals court spent nearly two hours Tuesday peppering the government and a civil liberties group with questions about the legality of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.

Supreme Indifference To Truth: 5 Ways SCOTUS Can Avoid Relying On Dubious ‘Facts’

The Supreme Court doesn't need facts, which is lucky because they don't have many.

Remand Granted . . . Claim Against Non-Diverse Sales Rep Allowed

We don’t particularly like starting our week with an adverse decision; certainly not after a holiday weekend. But, we seem to have stumbled upon a variety of negative decisions to report on this week, so we’ll just dive in and get it over with. Show More Summary

The Brett Kimberlin Saga: A Story Of Wacko Vexatious Lawsuits

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years we've been paying somewhat loose attention to the saga involving Brett Kimberlin and his ongoing lawsuits against bloggers. The story was complex and convoluted from the beginning, and only got more so over time. In fact, it got so confusing that it almost became too difficult to jump into the story mid-stream. Show More Summary

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